The hunt for the crashed Malaysian jet on Saturday entered its 50th day with a robotic mini-submarine having scoured about 95 per cent of the search area so far with still no sign of any wreckage.

The Bluefin-21 AUV submersible has completed nearly 95 per cent of the focused underwater search area but no contacts of interest have been found to date, the Perth-based Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) leading the search, said.

Up to 8 military aircraft and 11 ships are assisting in today’s search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Early into mission 13 on Friday the Bluefin had to abort the search and resurface due to a software issue that required resetting.

Australia has indicated that the approach to the search might be revised with more powerful underwater vehicles if the Bluefin’s search yields no results. It is mulling deploying a more powerful system that tracked the Titanic 29 years ago to locate the wreckage of the plane.

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